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About BaconRaygun

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    Modern Jets, Helicopters (all of them), Flying Boats, aircraft from "The Golden Age," X Planes and other Experimental aircraft, Secret Luftwaffe aircraft of WWII, Armor and last but not least Scale RC helis and airplanes.

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  1. Ok, I'll play. Genre: Post WWII jets, especially the Russian examples, heavily biased to the flanker family. Scale: 1:48 Manufacturer: I don't know, I'm too new to have a favorite. I'll just say any manufacturer that puts out a quality kit, because in the end, that's what I care most about. Kit: GWH Su-35. My first "real" build since getting back into the hobby after building (ehh, throwing together) models as a kid (and yes, they were mostly flankers). I guess you can say this kit is my benchmark for quality. But, still, irrelevant, because I haven't even finished my second "real" build yet, which is an Eduard Mig-21SM.
  2. BaconRaygun

    Su-33 paint schemes

    Cant wait to build mine! Gonna have to wait till I finish this Eduard Mig-21sm though... so ya probably wont start till July. -Igor
  3. Screw Photobucket. Just use postimage.org. Stupid simple, no ads, not throttled, no annoying watermarks, no redirects if you want to view the full image in a new tab, more options for posting... did I mention no ads? And its free.
  4. BaconRaygun

    Mig-21SM/MF cockpit

    As the title suggests, does anybody have a source for some good shots of the entire cockpit? No problem finding the instrument panel, but the side panels and bulkhead, and everything forward of the HUD have proven to be a futile effort for me.
  5. Got some more done this weekend, here's an update for the 2 people paying attention. Had to scrub the "sun shade" along the top ridge of the instrument panel. Looks like there is not much clearance between the panel and canopy, and with even just a doubled over piece of foil (which didn't really look right anyway), it was too much. It did looked great with a quad-folded piece of kitchen foil, though. This is definitely a big selling point for the resin cockpit, as that part has the ridge/sun shade molded in. I'm surprised I have not seen mention of this on any of the build and review threads I read. To me, the lack of that sun shade really sticks out, but not really a big deal. Anyway, moving on. I made a slight adjustment to the suggested assembly steps for installing the engine. The instructions called for the installation of the engine to be done before the fuselage is glued together, but this creates a problem for filling the seam at the rear, on the inside of the fuselage. Since the engine sits so far inside, that seam would be quite noticeable. To remedy this, I made a slight modification that allows me to install the engine after I fill the seam. You can see this detailed below. I simply removed the forward ridge that holds the motor in the fuselage. This allows me to insert the assembled motor through the opening where the wings-roots and gear-bays are mounted. Here, you can see a small incision. And here it is with the ridge removed. This obviously needs to be done on both fuse halves. Next, I put some paint on the shock-cone and then got the fuse glued together. The fit is pretty good. Most of the seam will be covered, which makes gluing the halves together a bit more forgiving. However, murphy's law still prevailed, and the most difficult part of the process was the nose... the most visible part of the aircraft. After some careful sanding, I deduced that the seam didn't need much filling at all. I opted for trying my luck with Mr Surfacer 1500, painted on with a brush. 500 or 1000 are probably a better fit for this application... but I don't have any, and this will work, so that's that. ...and here is a dry-fitting of the wings, tail, and dorsal spine. It's starting to look like an actual airplane. Next up is completing the gear-bays, mounting the engine, and attaching the wings, tail, and dorsal spine.
  6. That's OK, when you do build it (whenever that may be), I'll be ready with my popcorn... assuming you will post photos of it on the net.
  7. Definitely looking forward to that build, gabor.
  8. BaconRaygun

    lacquer coverage problem

    For real, if you're building 185 kits, the amount you will spend on rattlecans will pay for the airbrush, compressor and some paints. I held off on getting an airbrush for many years. I'm so glad I took the plunge when I got back into this last October. So much more enjoyable... and as a bonus, I now have an airbrush for various other, non-modelling projects... like painting the inside of headlight assemblies when re-building/modifying headlights for friends.
  9. BaconRaygun

    Academy 1/35 AH-1Z

    First off, good work. Model is coming together nicely! Regarding seams, have you considered something like milliput? It is an epoxy putty that is workable with water, and does not shrink while curing. I'm new to putty myself, and I got both kinds, dissolved (toluene based) and the water-workable epoxy stuff. They both have their places, but I think for your needs, it may be worth a try. If you don't like how its coming out, you can just wipe it off with water before it cures. I work the milliput with a wooden q-tip rod that I sanded a 45 degree angle into, coated with epoxy and sanded smooth. Think of it as a teeny spackle knife. Smoothing over with a wet finger works well too.
  10. Wow, those fins would have been really helpful 4 months ago! Good to know, though. I'll definitely give these a go when I build another flanker.
  11. Is anybody aware of conversion kit for the Eduard Mig-21 to the Mig-21I "analog" research aircraft? I just think the thing looks cool as hell and would love to build one... but sort of hoping there is a resin conversion kit so that I don't have to go (err, attempt) the scratch-built route.
  12. Despite my best efforts, I could not get a good match to the pre-painted PE cockpit that came with the kit, but it's close enough for me. It should blend better after some weathering, or at least I hope it will. Last night I assembled the panels and dry fitted everything else. Still needs a few adjustments to get the PE side panels to sit right, but its getting there. The foil pieces are my attempt at modelling the little ridge/sun shade that overhangs the panel. Should look about right after a few adjustments and some paint. I would love to add a few more details to the cockpit, but I cant seem to find any images of the side panels and rear bulkhead. If anybody has a source, please share, it would be a big help.
  13. Hello everybody! First build thread, here goes. After much consideration, I picked up Eduard's Mig21-MF ProfiPack for my next build. Not going crazy with aftermarket parts, but I will get the Masters pitot tube and static wicks, and maybe resin wheels and weapons if I see fit... but I'll leave that decision for later. Maybe at some point I'll even build another variant with all of the resin goodies. This will be built up as a Mig-21SM, "yellow 127" in 812th UAP colors from the Kharkov Higher Military Academy at Kupyansk Airfield, USSR, 1991. Basically building straight from the book. Cant really find actual photos of this specific aircraft, and I don't really care that much. I'm going to use other Mig-21SM/MF photos as reference for all of the details and for ideas on how to weather the thing. As long as it looks believable, then I'm happy. First impressions of the kit are positive. I'm liking the level of detail, and after dry-fitting all of the major parts, looks like there are no major fit issues. Nothing exciting to show yet. I assembled the gearbays and then shot some primer onto the gearbays, cockpit and engine parts. I've got the engine painted and assembled, but nothing exciting on that front. Originally, I was going to go resin with the engine, but after dry fitting and realizing that you really cant even see the thing, I decided against it. My only real wish here would be a more detailed flame holder right out of the box. I understand their logic in holding back the detail for the flame holder, but still, it would be nice, as that really is the most visible engine component. Just some primer, nothing exciting. For these parts, I used Alclad II gloss black primer... mostly because I knew I needed it for the metal parts and I was too lazy to clean the airbrush to shoot Mr Surfacer 1500 on the rest of these. I used this method for my Su-35 and it worked well, and if it works, then, well, it woks... I did paint and assemble the gear bays and engine parts, I'll take some photos later. I will be adding some scratchbuilt details to the gear bays. More on that later. Next I hacked out the airbrakes. From reference photos, it seems the airbrakes are retracted while parked, but are drooping ever so slightly. I will attempt to model this, and hopefully it ends up looking good instead of looking like I just did a bad job gluing the airbrakes. We shall see. Dry fit looked good. Here is a picture of the hack-job. Not sure about you guys, but this was more painful than I was expecting. I drilled around the perimeter and then carefully removed the center, finishing off with files. Each one took about an hour to drill, hack, file, fit, file some more, fit, file, repeat... and what do you know, I forgot to take a photo of the end result. Still needs filling, but that will be done after I get the fuselage glued together. Last night I got a shipment of paint and was able to get a base-coat onto the cockpit parts. Tonight I plan on adding a few additional colors for detail and then assembling the cockpit.
  14. BaconRaygun

    Su-27 from Great Wall Hobby

    Well, ya, I suppose. Wasn't quite as exciting as that. It merely flew by, so I only saw the underside, but no doubt it was a flanker.
  15. BaconRaygun

    Eduard Mig-21MF extra PE fret id

    Awesome! Thank you.